parachute

[ par-uh-shoot ]
/ ˈpær əˌʃut /

noun

a folding, umbrellalike, fabric device with cords supporting a harness or straps for allowing a person, object, package, etc., to float down safely through the air from a great height, especially from an aircraft, rendered effective by the resistance of the air that expands it during the descent and reduces the velocity of its fall.
Horology. a shockproofing device for the balance staff of a watch, consisting of a yielding, springlike support for the bearing at either end.
Informal.
  1. the aggregate of benefits, as severance pay or vacation pay, given an employee who is dismissed from a company.
  2. golden parachute.

verb (used with object), par·a·chut·ed, par·a·chut·ing.

to drop or land (troops, equipment, supplies, etc.) by parachute.

verb (used without object), par·a·chut·ed, par·a·chut·ing.

to descend by parachute.

Origin of parachute

1775–85; < French, equivalent to para- para-2 + chute fall; see chute1

Related forms

par·a·chut·ic, adjectivepar·a·chut·ist, par·a·chut·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for parachute

parachute

/ (ˈpærəˌʃuːt) /

noun

  1. a device used to retard the fall of a man or package from an aircraft, consisting of a large fabric canopy connected to a harness
  2. (as modifier)parachute troops Sometimes shortened to: chute See also brake parachute

verb

(of troops, supplies, etc) to land or cause to land by parachute from an aircraft
(in an election) to bring in (a candidate, esp someone well known) from outside the constituency

Derived Forms

parachutist, noun

Word Origin for parachute

C18: from French, from para- ² + chute fall
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